Confidence is more than its 📖 definition as “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities”, it is a key driver in 🏆 success in Medschool. When you enter Medschool 🏥 you’re leaping into a world that will redefine who you are, how you 🤔 think, and most importantly how you value the things, 🤗 and people around you. You have to enter MedSchool boldly, 🎢 with not just the understanding but the total acceptance that you will be a different person on the other-side. 🔬
In just a few days I’ll be headed ✈️ home to spend some quality time with close friends and family. My strides 🏃♂️are little longer these days, as I know I’m a stronger person then when they last saw me. Growth in both my 👨🔬 academics, and personal identity 👨💼marks the end of my journey as an MS1️⃣. I learned I may fall down here and there, but with maturity I recognize that failure ❌ is not something to get caught up on. I’d rather use those moments to launch myself forward. Move on to the next 🌄 great chapter in my life. When I return home it may be with bumps and bruises but it’s also with a new sense of confidence. 💡
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas A. Edison ✨
🔹️Diabetic neuropathy is a group of nerve disorders that can cause numbness and pain. Various nerves in the body can be involved, including in the feet, legs, arms, and internal organs like the heart, digestive system, and sex organs. An individual nerve can be involved, but more commonly, a pattern of neuropathy affecting many nerves and different locations (polyneuropathy) occurs. The risk of developing neuropathy increases the longer a person has diabetes.
. 🔹️People develop different problems based on the specific type and location of neuropathy. Most often, patients report a tingling and burning sensation or numbness in their feet and hands in a stocking-like or glove-like pattern that occurs in both extremities. There can be increased sensitivity to touch and varying degrees of pain. There may be loss of muscle in the feet, legs, hands, and hips along with difficulties with walking, balance, and coordination.
🔹️The nerves of the feet are the longest nerves in the body and are often the first nerves to be affected. Patients with diabetes should have a detailed foot examination every year to look for early signs of diabetic neuropathy. This evaluation includes assessment of the skin, muscles, bones, circulation, and sensation of the feet
Source:American Medical Association;
// Stay motivated homies
I find myself constantly needing motivation so I’ve managed to do this a few ways:
•I start my morning by watching a Ted Talk
•I write my to-do list on a notepad from one of my top choices for med school
•Lots and lots of coffee
•Reading books about fields I’m passionate about (healthcare economics)
How do you stay motivated?
(Ignore my my ugly handwriting OKAY 💀)
11 1641 hours ago
“I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I love learning. Learning is beautiful.” ~Natalie Portman
What’s the difference between DOs and MDs? .
You’re looking at it! Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT) is an extra set of skills that osteopathic students learn in medical school to address pain, discomfort, and dysfunction in the body. Imagine combining the super powers of an MD with a Chiropractor and a Physical Therapist. .
Osteopathic medical schools require the same pre-requisite courses, same standardized test (MCAT) for entry, and teach the same biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, etc. The only difference in curriculums is that DO students have to learn 300 hours of OMT by graduation, and our anatomy classes put a little bit of extra emphasis on nerves, fascia, and lymphatics. DOs are licensed physicians with the same full scope of practice as MDs, and can specialize in anything from psychiatry to plastic surgery. However, you may see a historical trend of DOs in primary care, and part of that comes from our long tradition of holistic patient-centered medicine. From day one, we’re trained to think of the whole patient - mind, body, and spirit. We value the interconnectedness of the body, as opposed to viewing the human body as separate organ systems. .
That being said, I hope to one day do it all. I want to deliver your babies, take out your appendix, crack your back, and maybe do some myofascial release to help with those tension headaches 😎 .
Pictured above: Me practicing a soft tissue technique to longitudinally stretch the paraspinal muscles and thoracolumbar fascia. This simple technique can alleviate lower back pain, increase range of motion, and improve circulation. .
Ever since I started school I’ve been told a thousand times that it’s “okay to not be okay.” That there will be days that I just feel low and shitty and exhausted and that’s OKAY. That sometimes you just need to feel what you feel. But what about when it’s not okay? What about when your stress and emotions start affecting the people around you. And what about when that stress starts to physically manifest in yourself?
I feel like I haven’t had a free minute in months. Day after day filled with exam after exam and it’s taxing not only mentally but physically, emotionally and spiritually. I constantly hear that I need to make time for me, because how can I take care of others if I don’t do the same for myself? But honestly, how do you do that and manage to stay on top of your classes?
Being a doctor is selfless but being a medical student is incredibly selfish. Its 4 years of putting yourself first so that you can spend the rest of your life putting others first. I try to remind myself that it will all pay off one day, but maybe it’s true that I just need to feel what I feel. Maybe I will appreciate the end more by fighting through it now.
One thing I do know, is this too shall pass
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Not gonna lie, it’s one of those “I can’t do it” “I’m exhausted” “there is too much to do” “I feel dumb” kind of days. And yet classes go on, information keeps coming, and exams continue to loom. So I washed my face, put my hair up, blocked out the world with some music, made a to-do list, and got to work. Here’s a reminder that it’s okay to be overwhelmed with emotions and just letting yourself FEEL. Embrace your emotions, let your frustrations out in a healthy way, and keep going. Things seem impossible until they’re done!
10 2693 hours ago
What I Do When I Start to Feel Sick
Been feeling a bit under the weather today so here's an impromptu guide to increase your chances of not getting sick.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice. Merely what I do myself knowing what I know.
First, your regular run of the mill infections usually come about during times of stress + lack of quality sleep + long periods without exposure to sunlight + nutrient deficient diets + long periods spent inside with other humans. This usually results in decreased levels of Vitamin D, decreased activity of immune cells, and increased exposure to novel pathogen strains.
To combat that, I...
-Supplement Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Zinc
-Focus on drinking more water, and aim to get more sleep
-Exercise to encourage better lymphatic flow
-Eat as little sugar as possible
This will typically do the trick in averting illness or at least making it as short as can be.
If you're curious, I can explain why each of these decisions work. If you think you know why, leave it in the comments below.
4 753 hours ago
"You will be lost and unlost. Over and over again. Relax love. You were meant to be this glorious, epic story." - Archives: Portland, Jamaica 🇯🇲
2 1033 hours ago
Facial Prosthetics of WWI
World War I produced 37 million military and civilian casualties.
During this time, military surgeons developed new techniques, resulting in more survivors of injuries that were previously considered fatal. Soldiers were treated and sent back into battle.
At the end of the war, troops were discharged, many of whom returned home with major deformities caused by shell blasts and shrapnel.
Doctors and sculptors began to develop methods to help the sufferers move on without feeling mutilated. These efforts to cover up war wounds paved the way to modern day plastic surgery and prosthetics.
Image: Courtesy of @medizzy
Source Credit: Daily Mail
1 293 hours ago
Mr. Bear is live! Link in bio. 🐻
100% goes towards my dental school tuition and expenses. More goodies are also in the works. 🦷
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We out here flexing brains and biceps 💪🏽
This was such an awesome experience. Seeing people I’ve met on the interview trail, talking with residents/faculty I previously worked with, and meeting new colleagues in the specialty, it was unreal.
Rehabilitation of Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Ataxia Syndrome
👑 There are about 800 million active users on Instagram and social media has grown to about 320+ million people from last September to now. On top of it, an average American looks at his/her phone 8-10 times a day and spends about 15+ minutes on Instagram daily. Why do I share this? —
It’s because sis, if you’re not monetizing your social media you’re missing out. I decided when I started BGW 2 years ago, that I wanted to be ahead of the curve. I didn’t want to live paycheck to paycheck for the rest of my life and miss out on growing multiple streams of residual income from home. While many users are simply scrolling and consuming, I joined a business that rewards me for serving and promoting. This allows me to create the dream life I’m working hard for one day and the income and time flexibility I desire. —
How did I get started? Simple. I just said yes! I said yes as a broke grad student looking for a way to get out of my situation. Tired of being ashamed of where I was and not having enough. I said yes to wanting more. Sis, you don’t have to settle for making barely enough and using the excuse “I’m too busy” to even do something like that. I thought the same until I realized we busy girls know how to get MORE done in shorter amount of time! —
You don’t need all the time in the world, you just need WiFi & a dream, and you can totally change your world. Do I have any ladies looking to make a guaranteed $3k in the next 90 days? I’m looking for you 🙋🏾♀️ #BGW
3 814 hours ago
My favorite thing about Houston has to be all of the parks!! 🌳🌲
I’ve been to Hermann, Discovery Green and my favvv is Buffalo Bayou 🥰. These were taken at Hermann Park!
I’ve always loved being outdoors, a lil fresh air has always been good to my soul. During my Internal Medicine rotation it was sad to see that most of the patients in the hospital were inactive, overweight and not in charge of their health. It is soooo refreshing to see everyone at the park being active, walking, running, biking, playing soccer and kids playing. Prevention truly is the best medicine. 🌿✨
No matter what you decide to do with your life, whether it’s perusing a degree, opening a new business, or getting married, there will always be someone who questions your path.
We all make mistakes, and encountering occasional failures is inevitable. Even though these failures could make you seem as an underachiever in the eyes of your critics, it neither defines you nor determines your future.
As you see, the choice is yours. You can listen and believe the skeptics or press the ignore button and continue to work towards your goals. Believe in yourself and others will too. 🌟
Got a few test scores back and now I’m feeling a little more at ease about this semester!
Getting good grades helps to motivate me to keep pushing and doing what I’m doing-they stay activating my reward pathway lol.
I ended up with a 97% on my biochemistry exam and a 104% on neuroscience for communication.
Bless🙌🏻 now time to just keep working hard!
What do you do to stay motivated? Avoidance learning/negative reinforcement by taking away the potential for bad grades is a pretty good motivator for me😂
41 8367 hours ago
“I used to think I was fat and ugly before I lost all my hair. I’m not going to talk to myself like that anymore.”
A teenage girl said this to me when we were scrolling through some old photos of her. She’s going through chemotherapy alone because of a difficult social situation and was somehow able to offer the brightest piece of wisdom I’ve heard in a while now. Thank you, sweet girl, for reminding me to be kind to myself.
90 18852 days ago
9 weeks of Step 1 prep left.
Until then, this Excel schedule is the only thing keeping me semi-sane. I’ve assigned myself 2-4 hours of board prep on weekdays, and 4-8 on weekends. It’s color coded by organ system/subject because my brain likes that. Plan your work then work your plan, right? #medschoolisfun
P.S. Please don’t ask me for my schedule. Make one that works for you. I’ll consider sharing a template once I’m done, but a) this is a constant work in progress and b) I haven’t taken Step 1 & won’t be held responsible for anyone but myself. 😅